Our kids drive us crazy.
Even for those of us who strive towards peaceful parenting get irritated and frustrated with our kids. They’re so immature! It’s as if it’s their job to push our buttons (it is).
The key to any kind of successful parenting is keeping our cool – self-regulation. We have to model the behavior that we want to see in our kids. This means that our adult-tantrums (aka. yelling fits) are not helping us folks.
In this generation we want our relationship with our kids to be one of the closest and most meaningful in our lives.
But how do we do this when they are driving us crazy?Leave a comment
I know what you might be thinking – why do moms need to know about meditation? Isn’t that for monks, CEOs and celebrities? For yoga teachers and new-agey types?
Was that a typo, Hunter?
No. I really meant moms – mothers, mamas, mums.
Let’s face it. Way too many of us are overwhelmed. Our schedules are busy so we feel stressed for time. We feel the community or cultural pressure to keeping up with everything. We feel the pressure of parenting perfectly. We’ feel the stress of working all the time. Then there’s the distraction and pressure of the media..oy,vey! Then, we feel guilty for our tempers and ashamed of our anxiety.
Yikes. So who has time to think about meditation?
That’s the thing. All of those reasons we’re overwhelmed are all the reasons that we moms may need it more than anyone else. We mamas need to know about some of amazing effects of meditation. Things that can help us with all of our stress and overwhelm. Without negative side effects (really).Leave a comment
Today’s podcast is with a woman I really admire for her depth of sharing and her honesty, Gwen Soffer, co-owner of Enso Yoga in Media, PA (where I teach on Monday nights). She’s an amazing example of the power of ACCEPTANCE.Leave a comment
Maybe it’s a memory or maybe you are still in it…
Morning came too early. You don’t want to wake up. Yesterday was so frustrating and difficult that you just want to stay unconscious for a few hours more.
As mamas, sometimes we just want some time to ourselves.
Before we had kids, we sometimes had those leisurely days of lounging and going so slow. Who has time for that anymore?
As soon as we’re awake, we’re rushing. Your child’s already awake and needing something, so you stumble out of bed… and here we go!
Or, you’re rushing them through breakfast and brushing their teeth so you can get to school on time. Motherhood can feel like a cycle of crash and rush.
It’s not only stressful, but it leaves us at a depleted state.
How can we give our best to our children and our lives like this? We can’t.
It doesn’t have to be this way.Leave a comment
I’m not always so great at peacefulness and happiness. It’s something I have to practice.I often wake up in the morning feeling anxious.
I’ll wake up in the middle of a crazy dream. In my dream I’d been failing in some way. I’ve let my kids down. I’ve taken a wrong route. It’s always something like that. Do you get these dreams too?
Then I wake up feeling anxious. It’s the awkward feeling in my throat. There’s a pressure in my chest.
The culprit? Usually the anxiety stems from thoughts about the day or the week ahead. Sometimes I worry that I’ve f-ed up my relationship with one of my girls by some unskillful thing I said or did.
I’ve woken up anxious for as long as I can remember. It used to have a far different effect on my than it does today. Waking anxious used to lead me towards despairing thinking. A cascade of thoughts would push me towards misery. Outlook for the day? Not so good.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.Leave a comment